and teachers, free of charge. did you have one of these before? >> i actually did. >> reporter: technology company 1 e spent the day surprising students who lost the most. this 12-year-old remembers when water rushed into his house and he climbed over a fence to safety. did you think you would get out okay? >> no, i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: what does it mean to you, santiago? >> it is very special to me. >> reporter: why? >> because i had nothing, and now i have a lot of friends and people that care about me. >> reporter: frightening experiences and incredible loss make these gifts even more meaningful. >> thank you. >> reporter: moments of joy, as people work together to lift kids' spirits. >> i think they're like angels. >> reporter: rehema ellis, new york. >> this terrible storm has brought out some great people and we will keep telling their stories. that is our broadcast on a wednesday night. thank you for joining us, i'm brian williams, and of course, we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night.